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Uprising in Ukraine

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    The crisis in Ukraine, sparked by President Yanukovych's rejection of a European integration pact, has turned deadly as the passage of antiprotest laws triggered riots. According to Kateryna Choursina and Daryna Krasnolutska of Bloomberg News, violence has snowballed this week "amid frustration among protesters that demands for snap elections and governance changes were being ignored." Andriy Parubiy, a lawmaker in Ukraine's Parliament, said before protest marches in Kiev, "Today, we face the choice of whether we'll be a colony of Russia or an independent state."

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    Riot police take aim during protests in Kiev.

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    Anti-government protestors on the sidelines during marches in Kiev.

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    A demonstrator holds a flare before throwing it at riot police during clashes on Hrushevskoho street in central Kiev.

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    Protesters throw a molotov cocktail toward the riot police in central Kiev.

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    Internal military forces guard the perimeter during clashes.

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    Riot police using pump guns and stun grenades go on the offensive.

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    A bus set on fire by protesters during clashes in Kiev. Four were burned to the ground.

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    Orthodox priests recite prayers in an attempt to restrain the violence between protesters and riot police.

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    Demonstrators try to flip a police bus during clashes on Hrushevskoho street.

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    A protester wearing a gas mask during clashes.

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